At Harston and Newton Primary school, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, governors and volunteers irrespective of age, disability, gender, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation (the nine protected characteristics under the Equalities Act). We are also committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for varying socio-economic backgrounds. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life.
We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating a safe, caring and positive environment for all.
We believe that diversity is a strength that should be respected and accepted by all those who learn, teach and visit us.
Our school makes all members of our community feel welcome and valued. Our vision and values promote inclusive and equality and tackle discrimination. We have high expectations for all our pupils, irrespective of race, creed, gender or disability. Our Equalities statement is guided by some core principles:
• we recognise and respect difference;
• we foster positive attitudes and relationships, and build a shared sense of community and belonging;
• we aim to reduce and challenge barriers to equality.
Equality in Teaching and Learning
All learners are of equal value; we provide all our pupils with opportunities to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement.
We ensure equality of access for all pupils and seek to prepare them for life in a diverse society.
We promote attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice.
We provide opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures.
We seek to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education.
Equality in Admissions and Exclusions
We follow the admissions code for Cambridgeshire schools, which is fair and transparent and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, belief, disability and/or socio-economic background.